With an incredible diversity of plants, animals, birds and reptiles found nowhere else on earth, Madagascar is a bona fide paradise for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. Venture through deep rainforests that ring with the call of endemic birds, where chattering lemurs are on display as they swing overhead and bright red tomato frogs dart along the rainforest floor. The old city of Antananarivo has some of the largest markets in Madagascar and exploring these colourful treasure troves is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the Malagasy culture. Then find your way to the beautiful palm-fringed beaches. Numerous offshore islands and coral reefs provide lovely snorkelling and diving opportunities. There is nowhere else in the world quite like Madagascar.
5 Reasons We Love Madagascar
Only place to find the loveable lemur
Delightful people with a fascinating cultural mix of Indian, Chinese and French
With 5 000kms of coastline, there are numerous beautiful beaches – great for diving and snorkelling and whale watching
Spectacular rock formations, limestone forests and beautiful, enormous baobab trees
Unique handicraft markets
Visit the Avenue of Baobabs
Venture down ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ – a dirt road framed by dozens of rare and ancient baobab trees creating a setting so beautiful and unique that it could be considered a natural monument to all things magical. Pro tip: There are two trees that have become intertwined, and are known as Les Baobabs Amoureux. If you arrive at sunrise or sunset, the view is striking and good photos are guaranteed.
Watch Humpback Whales Just Off the Shores
An island gem located just off the eastern coast of Madagascar, the island of Sainte Marie, has a considerable amount of charm. White-shored beaches show off a fringe of coconut palms and luscious vegetation, and delightful inland villages make it the perfect place to explore. One of the island’s most unique activities is whale watching. Large groups of humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to the sheltered waters around the island to mate and give birth. If you are lucky, you may witness a mother nursing her young calf.
See Lemurs in Their Natural Habitat
Madagascar is a paradise for wildlife lovers and much of its animal life cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Come face to face with the star attraction; the lemurs. Find yourself charmed and entertained while spotting your favourite characters from the much-loved movie ‘Madagascar’.
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My love affair with Madagascar started on my very first visit trip, way back in 1994. This is a little surprising as I am not much of rough-travelling-backpacker type of gal- I prefer a little glam and luxury when I travel. There were certainly pockets of lavish...